Want to celebrate and need good, not overly expensive Mardi Gras Party Ideas? This guide offers lots of suggestions to help plan the festivities.
Bring On The Decorations-Mardi Gras Party Ideas
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First and foremost, let’s start with the decorations. Often the signature colors of purple, green, and gold signify the Mardi Gras season. Purple represents justice, green for faith, and gold signifies power (WAFB.com). In some places, purple and gold serve as the prevalent color scheme.
I say go big with all the colors and spread them all around!
Hanging Decorating Kit-Great for trailing down from the ceiling or a curtain rod.
Mardi Gras Crepe Streamers-For big color impact at low cost.
Pair this Metallic Fringe Table Skirt with Disposable Purple Plastic Tablecloths to make your food and drink table really pop.
These Mardi Gras Banners make a statement. Perfect for hanging in a door entry or room.
And how about brightening up the scene with these Yellow, Purple, and Green Mini Lights.
Mardi Gras Food
What is Mardi Gras without delicious food??
King Cake rules the day.
Treat your guests with this sweet bread with glaze and colored sugar on top. For added decadence, fill the cake with ingredients such as cream cheese, strawberry, and apple.
Add a little plastic baby hidden in the cake with warning to guests to keep their eye out for it. The person who gets the baby brings the king cake the next time.
Find king cake recipes via a web search, use a mix such as Mam Papaul’s Mardi Gras King Cake Kit with Praline Filling, or order a king cake directly from one of New Orleans legendary bakeries such as Manny Randazzo, Haydel’s Bakery, or Joe Gambino’s.
Other great eats for a Mardi Gras Party include:
This thick, stew-like soup generally includes meat, veggies, and seasoning. Rice may be included in the gumbo or served on the side. Popular meats to put in the gumbo are chicken and sausage with seafood also being a great add-in.
For a particularly South Louisiana touch, many people use andouille sausage, which is a pork smoked version of French origin.
Rice stars in this dish. Veggies, meat, and plenty of seasonings are mixed in to provide loads of flavor. Jambalaya differs from gumbo in that it is not a soup and the rice and other ingredients get prepared together rather than separately.
Other good Mardi Gras Party Ideas for food include shrimp cocktail, oysters, crab cakes, mini muffalatas, bananas foster, and hot crawfish dip.
Music-A Mardi Gras Party Ideas Essential
Any self-respecting Mardi Gras party host incorporates lots of good music. Check out selections such as New Orleans Second Line Mardi Gras Party, Ultimate Mardi Gras, and Fais Do Do: 50 Must Have Songs for Your Mardi Gras Party.
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Don’t Forget The All Important Throws
Riders pitching or handing down beads, doubloons (plastic coins), cups, Moon Pies, t-shirts, and all sorts of oddities go hand and hand with Mardi Gras parades. Frequent parade visitors know to bring sacks to gather all the throws that they catch.
Why not treat your guests to some uniquely Mardi Gras throw souvenirs!
Mardi Gras Party Photo Booth
And don’t forget to take pictures of all the festivities. Set up a photo backdrop and let your guest snap away. Give them lots of good props to work with.
Put all these Mardi Gras Party Ideas above together and you will put on one truly memorable get together.
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